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August 9, 2014 / dylanwaco

Tank vs. Brad Cash from TWE 2014

From Dylan Hales:

On August 7th and 8th the first ever (and hopefully first annual) Scenic City Invitational tournament will be held at the Empire Arena in Rossville, Georgia. 

In an effort to get people excited for this tournament and Southern independent wrestling in general, in the weeks leading up to the event, this blog will be looking at matches from each individual participant in the tourney.  We hope you follow along, enjoy the matches, and find some new favorites along the way. 

For more information on the Scenic City Invitational check out their Facebook page

I had hoped to find a more recent singles match from Tank, but there is very little to choose from. So I settled for this death match against Brad Cash.  Tank is of course most known as a death match wrestler, but I think of him more as a big “aura” performer, who the fans legitimately believe is the baddest person on the planet on every show he works. While this match doesn’t fully capture that, it is notable that it begins with the fans chanting about the inevitable death of Cash at Tank’s hands and ends with Tank proving them right.

As death matches go, this was fine but probably could have benefited from commentary.  They went to the plunder and sharp objects really early, and the match was almost entirely built around the escalation of the violence (rather than the build to the spots themselves). The most interesting aspect of the match was the fact that it occurred at TWE, a promotion which hosted the infamous altar call/dance party combination I discussed on a recent episode of the critically acclaimed (or panned depending on your perspective) WasimCast.  This suggests to me that the match may have literally been an attempt at a passion play, and after the fact, Cash may have risen from the dead to perform the Electric Slide (though no documentary evidence exists to prove this).

The nastiest spots in this – Tank curbstomping and suplexing Cash into the tacks and the barbed wire assisted, crossface finish – were pretty big time, but overall this lacked the intense feel that makes Tank matches feel like major events.  That said, listening to people in the background discuss the authenticity of the weapons being used, while also marveling at some of the intention behind some of the more violent spots, did add some charm to a match that was probably a few minutes longer than it needed to be.

While this match didn’t necessarily grab me, a recent tag team match involving Tank recently showed up online and I absolutely loved his performance in it.  More importantly, he is squared off against Kongo Kong in the first round of the Scenic City Invitational, which is about as close to a “sure thing” in terms of big fight feel that you will find in modern independent wrestling.

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